Stroke & Heart Disease: Are They Connected?

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By Karen McNew McGuire on February 24, 2017

Fact Check: Heart disease is a risk factor for stroke.

True.

According to Sydney Mallenbaum, M.D., a Carilion Clinic neurologist, heart disease and stroke share many commonalities. 

"They are both diseases of the blood vessels and the risk factors for heart attack are the same as the risk factors for stroke," he explained. "High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, excessive alcohol use are all risk factors for both."

Watch the video above for more about the connections between these two conditions. 

Call 911 immediately if you think someone is having a stroke. The five signs to look for include:

1. Walk - loss of balance
2. Talk - slurred speech or droopy face
3. Reach - numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
4. See - Impaired vision or difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
5. Feel - severe headache with no known cause